Islanders Force Game Six With Double Overtime Win Over Lightning


The New York Islanders stayed alive in the Eastern Conference Finals, knocking off the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in double overtime. The Lightning still lead the best of seven series 3-2, and will have two more chances to advance to the Stanely Cup Finals.

The Islanders got the scoring started in this game, when the Islanders got an early power play opportunity and Ryan Pulock capitalized with a goal at the 15:41 mark of the first period. 1-0 would be the score heading into the second period, where Victor Hedman came through just four minutes in to tie the game 1-1. It appeared the Lightning had taken a lead when Carter Verhaege got a shot past the net moments later, but it was called back due to offsides.

1-1 would be the score coming down the stretch of this game - and the game would head to overtime. In the first overtime, both teams got some dangerous opportunities, but neither team was able to get a goal into the net. Both goalies played well in net - Andrei Vasilevskiy went 22-for-24 in net for Tampa Bay, while Semyon Varlamov went 36-for-27 in net to pick up the win.

The game would be decided in the second overtime, when New York took advantage of a Lightning breakdown that allowed Anders Lee to set up Jordan Eberle with a shot that went through for the victory. The game forces a game six on Thursday night, with the Lightning remaining one win away from the Stanely Cup Finals.

Puck drop for game six from Edmonton is scheduled for 8 PM Thursday night - pregame coverage begins at 7 PM on News Radio WFLA.

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